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High School Extra (Feb. 12): FLOP falls short in state final

The dream of the Frontier/Lake Shore/Orchard Park girls hockey team ended one stop short of its goal on Saturday afternoon.

FLOP dropped a 5-1 decision to Skaneateles in the final of the New York State tournament. That’s no disgrace, since Skaneateles completed an unbeaten season. In fact, the Central New York squad never even trailed in any game this season.

The Western New York team couldn’t stop Abby Kuhns. She scored the first three goals of the game to prevent FLOP from having many hopes of winning. Kuhns had scored two goals in Friday’s semifinal win.

Jessica Peters had the only goal of the game for FLOP, which won the Section VI final on Wednesday and advanced to the state championship game with a victory over Beekmantown on Friday night.

Olean rolls along

In boys basketball, Olean tuned up for the postseason by winning its 13th game in a row - a 60-50 win over Bishop Timon/St. Jude.

“They are very good,” Huskies coach Jeff Anastasia said about the Tigers. “I’m proud of our kids. We came out of the gate great. We withstood a run here and there, and finished with a little run of our own.”

Matt Droney had 19 points for Olean, while Monty Shoemaker finished with 17 and Triten Snyder added 11. Joe Harrison scored 14 for Bishop Timon.

Anastasia credited his defense for the team’s recent run of success.

“It’s been a constant,” he said. “That’s big, because you don’t shoot the ball well some nights. Today, Shoemaker got going early, and then Snyder got going and Droney had a monster game. This is the perfect time to play them, because it’s what we’re going to be seeing in the playoffs.”

Ryan, DeBerry erupt

Micaela Ryan of Sacred Heart’s girls basketball team has been peaking at the right time.

Ryan piled up 31 points to lead the Sharks to a 63-45 nonleague win over Jamestown. Makenzie Sees added 15 rebounds and five assists. Mackenzie Swanson finished with 18 points for the Red Raiders. Sacred Heart has moved up to eighth among large schools in The News’ girls basketball poll.

No. 2 large school Williamsville South won a rescheduled game against Hamburg, 75-50. Amari DeBerry had 35 points to lead the Billies, while Naomi DeBerry scored 13.

St. Joe’s keeps busy

St. Joe’s became the champion of the Massena Tournament with a 7-1 win over the host team in Northern New York. Spencer Frome and Luke Pierce had two goals each, while Nathaniel Burke added a goal and an assist.

It’s the third tournament win of the season for the Marauders, who improved to 21-1-2 on the season.

“We’re playing a lot of hockey right now,” St. Joe’s coach Rich Crozier said. “We beat Williamsville North on Thursday which was a big one for us. On Friday, we had a little hangover, but still played well. But we were great against Massena” Saturday.

Three games in three days? That’s a lot, but St. Joe’s will make it four for four on Sunday.

“We play Orchard Park, who gave us our only loss of the season,” Crozier said. “We’ll give them Monday off.”

In games closer to home, St. Francis earned a 6-3 win over Williamsville South. Dominic Galanti, Bradley Darvill, Ben Kyte, Erik Pawlewski, Riley Reddington, and John Kubiak scored for St. Francis.

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